“There is no milk” ceased to be a repeated phrase on the Island: because everyone knows it and, probably, by now they have resigned themselves. Children up to seven years old and the elderly with medical diets do not receive it with the necessary frequency, the two sectors of the population with the right to acquire it through a State subsidy. And this happens because there is practically no milk in Cuba.
Until a while ago some could get it in stores in MLC (Freely Convertible Currency). But not all, in order to access these stores you need a local bank card, which can only be acquired through foreign currency deposits or on the illegal market.
Cubans have not been able to get milk (even powdered milk) in MLC stores for months. The last time there was, at the beginning of the year, the bag of one kilo to one and a half kilos ranged between 6 and 8 MLC. That price implies paying at least 750 CUP, which is equivalent to a third of the minimum wage. It is also not available on the parallel market.
The dictatorship blames the Cuban cows, who are milked and cared for by their owners despite the few resources they have to feed them.
The worst production of fluid milk in the last 30 years was in 2005 (353.2 thousand tons). The downward trend began in 2012 to reach 455.3 thousand tons in 2020, which is equivalent to consuming 39.5 liters per inhabitant for an entire year, less than half a glass a day.
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